HB 978 ~ Free Jeff Mizanskey

Written By: Adela Falk
March 4th, 2015

The Committee on Corrections held a hearing on House Bill 978 ~HB 978Hearing Schedule for HB 978 ~ Requires the Board of Probation and Parole to authorize the release of any offender who is incarcerated on August 28, 2015 and who is serving a life sentence without parole for marijuana offenses. 

Chair of the committee on Corrections Rep. Paul Fitzwater promptly scheduled holding the hearing on the bill after he personally visited Jeff Mizanskey  at Jefferson City Correctional Center. Rep. Shamed Dogan put together HB 978 and also visited Jeff in prison.

So, I  Adela Falk  -Team Green POW420 Representative attend the meeting at Missouri State Senate with my speech on HB 978 in hand. Along with members from Show-Me Cannabis multiple members of the Mizanskey family also attended. Not a single speaker in opposition attended the meeting.

I heard several promising remarks from Representatives. 

'We need to do something to free up our prisons from non-violent drug offenders, considering Missouri's prison population has increased by 32, 000.'

'If cannabis was legalized we wouldn't have this problem.'

'Why, hasn't the governor acted or at least contacted Rep. Dogan?'

I feel in my heart that the support of the community has got the media's attention regarding Jeff in prison for pot and Jeff's story will continue to gather support. I know that Jeff's release date is rapidly approaching. Thank you all who attended the meeting, thank you all for working so, hard on Jeff's release, thank you all who talk about Jeff, thank you all who write to Jeff. Remember, that No-one belongs in jail for a plant.

Next Wednesday March 11th~ Chair Rep. Fitzwater will execute put HB 978 to vote. Please, attend in support.th

Committee: Corrections
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015    
Time: 8:00 AM    
Location: House Hearing Room 5


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  • Margaret Frith
    commented 2015-04-23 19:51:46 -0700
    I was caught with marijuana on federal parkway, written a ticket & sent home, in the 80’s. What the legal system has done to this poor man is completely unjust.